Sukhoi to complete Adria deliveries by 2021


The Sukhoi Civil Aircraft Company will deliver all fifteen Superjet 100 aircraft planned for Adria Airways within two years, with the order to be firmed up soon. The Russian Minister for Industry and Trade, Denis Manturov, said, "I expect that the orders will be firmed up in the near future. The contract is quite complex and entails both the delivery of new SSJ100s, as well as the decommissioning of the CityJet aircraft of the same type which will be transferred to Adria". He added, "We will be able to start deliveries in 2019. It will take two years for all of the contracted aircraft to be delivered".

The President of the Sukhoi Civil Aviation Company, Alexander Rubtsov, previously said the contract, the value of which has not been disclosed, will be firmed up during the first quarter of 2019, with deliveries likely to begin in April. A Memorandum of Understanding between Slovenia's national carrier and the Russian manufacturer was signed in November of last year. As a result, Adria will operate Russian-manufactured aircraft for the first time in its almost 58-year history. The Sukhoi Superjet has the capacity to seat between 87 and 108 passengers, depending on cabin layout and seat configuration. The first European carrier outside of Russia to operate the SSJ100 on revenue flights was the Irish regional airline CityJet, which returned the aircraft to its owner last month.

The Superjet 100s will be supplied to Adria under a long-term lease and will be financed by European banks. The airline itself does not own any aircraft. Its two Bombardier CRJ700s are being leased until December 2019, one A319 will stay with the company until 2021, with the leasing contract for the other two Airbuses expiring in April and May 2022. The Slovenian carrier has four CRJ900s under contract until 2022, another two until 2026 and 2027, while one of the jets is being leased through a pay-by-the-hour agreement, where Adria pays its dues to the lessor based on aircraft utilisation. Adria Airways' CEO, Holger Kowarsch, previously said the Sukhoi jets will "completely support Adria's development strategy". "During the past two years we have been analysing the SSJ100 and came to the conclusion that all the technical and operational characteristics of this aircraft would suit our strategic goals the best”, he added.




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  1. Question: Did CityJet actually buy the Sukhoi or were they leased? Also if they did buy them how does one just return it to the manufacturer? Do they get money back or...

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    1. No, they were being leased from Sukhoi.

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    2. I see, thanks

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  2. So if leases on existing fleet are not extended (which is unlikely) in two years Adria will have 15 SSJ100s, 2 Airbuses and its entire CRJ900 fleet in operation.

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    1. What about the Saabs?

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    2. Are any of them actually being utilised?

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    3. Two Saabs are in service. They are flying for Swiss between Zurich and Lugano.

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    4. Thank you. And what about the rest?

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    5. The Saabs haven't proved very reliable for Adria since they entered the fleet.

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    6. Can someone make a list of all the Adria aircraft currently on lease?

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    7. They should have considered Maribor with one of the S200s. I'm sure a fifty seater could work on a few routes.

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    8. All of Adria's aircraft are leased. No ownership.

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    9. @9.50
      VLM tried with a fifty seater from Maribor and failed.

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    10. Adria is a bit different to VLM.

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    11. Who and how much is loosing per month for each stored Saab? Don't tell me is profitable :(

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    12. Again Maribor.. remember: It will never work! Some tried, all failed.. Forget it. Enough.

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    13. 1 SAAB je mišljen za poletni vozni red iz Lju

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    14. correct. 2 in Swiss and 2 stored.

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    15. Friday in LJU : 1 Saab is on the airport apron. Stored there - i don't know ?

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    16. Kad radiš kao VLM (tj. karte idu u prodaju mjesec dana prije letova itd.) ne možeš uspjeti. Po meni je problem, što su svi ciljevi za koje proplerski avion ima smisla preblizu MBX. Iz MBX treba probati destinaciju 2-3 sata leta, koji ima snažan outgoing i koja je u regiji do sada loše zastupljena.

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  3. I guess they will more or less fully transition to SSJs as deliveries match expiration dates of their current fleet.

    Interesting times ahead for Slovenia and it's catchment area!

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  4. Let's hope Adria is around in 2 years!

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    1. Long term survival is going to be difficult.

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  5. With the arrival of these plane we should expect Adria to transform itself within two years too. I just think this aircraft has too much capacity for many of Adria's routes.

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    1. Agree 50-70 seaters are ideal for many of Adria's flights, especially in winter.

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    2. if they survive until then ....

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    3. Good thing SSJ has 50-70 seats then. Oh, wait...

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  6. 5 aircraft types and 4 aircraft manufactureres for a small airline like Adria with a network potential of roughly 12to 15 destinations. Good choice!

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    1. They said they plan to have a fleet of 25-30 aircraft so they are delivering on what they promised.

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    2. Even if you have 30 aircraft, it is crazy to have so many types, unless you are doing long haul as well. Look at profitable European airlines, especially LCCs. Ryanair has over 450 of B737-800 and 1 bn profit. I wonder why...

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    3. At least is not boring :) Many phone calls, meetings, social interaction ... cool.

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  7. They may as well wet lease all the planes they have at the rate they are going.

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  8. To me it seems as if they are still clueless about where they want to go as a company. Like I feared, those SAABs have become a headache for themsince spare parts are limited and the plane is expensive to operate. We will see how this adventure with Sukhoi goes.

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  9. The average age of the fleet will certainly come down with the SSJs.

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    1. Another exyu article to come in the next 2 years. "Adria boosts the youngest of ex yu airlines", if the airline is still up by then.

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    2. And the dispatch reliability of the fleet will come down even more with the SSJS...
      And that is a far more important factor for the company's health.

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  10. Just now the small matters of maintaining the Sukhois and sourcing spare parts... It is not as if Adria Tehnika deal with Sukhois, at least as far as I am aware!

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    1. They are not but Sukhoi and Adria will set up their own maintenance business.

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  11. I remember reading that Adria has extremely unfavorable leasing rates for the A319s. Will they get rid of them after the lease is up?

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    1. Yes, shitty leasing contracts were signed by former management.

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  12. We are still waiting on that 10 million EUR recpitalisation.

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    1. They said it will happen in Q1. That includes all of March.

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  13. I can't believe this is actually seriously happening.

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    1. Adria is one of the strangest companies at the moment.

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  14. They have too many aircraft as is and on top of everything they are getting 15 more over next 2 years.

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  15. Interestingly cityjet also ordered 15 SSJ100s with option for 16 more.

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    1. Well that ended well.

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    2. It was reported that Adria will actually take their delivery slots for 8 undelivered aircraft. So they'll get 7 used and 8 new jets.

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  16. Will Adria hire local crew for SSJ100s?

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  17. Kudos to Adria, another fail for Air Serbia.

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    1. Why is it a fail for Air Serbia exactly?

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    2. Because unlike Adria they have not managed to get any new aircraft. In fact in addition to these SSJs, Adria has gotten CRJs and Saabs over last two years and doubled its fleet size.

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    3. JU added 12 planes to its fleet in last 5 years - 8 A319s, 2 A320s, 1 ATR72 and 1 A330...

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    4. Some people really have very strange instict to attack JU no matter what the topic is

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    5. I'd rather have a single A320 series and be able to conclude 99.5% of my schedule than having 5 SSJs and not know if they will fly every morning.

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    6. Pomalo ljudi. Ja ću vjerovat u ovu priču kad prvi SSJ poleti iz LJU s putnicima

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  18. Well done to Adria for thinking outside of the box.

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    1. That's one way of looking at it.

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    2. SMFH!
      Making stupid decisions that 99.9% of others have avoided making is not "thinking outside of the box"
      It is called just being stupid.

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  19. The question is will they try and sell JP when they get new aircraft. On paper it will look good.

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    1. I doubt it will be easy to sell an all Sukhoi European operator.

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    2. Pitanje je samo dokada ce se Nemci majmunisati sa Adriom. Ovo nema vise nikakvog smisla.

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  20. They also said they will get 3 CRJ900s this year.

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    1. That deal is off the table now with the SSJs.

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  21. Exciting times for Slovenian aviation.

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    1. +1
      Great job, it will be a true regional competitor.

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  22. Is it normal that a "serious" airline does not own any aircraft? Is it a trend in the industry?

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  23. Funny imaginative comparison article...

    Lufthansa to introduce A220 in April, order yet to be firmed up.

    People would literally be laughing on the floor. Yet with Adria and SSJ - serious project and a great success for the airline.

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  24. I'm happy for Adria. The airline is expanding its fleet and route network will probably follow. After consolidation finances should stabilize and improve. For now looking like a successful privatization considering they would probably have been bankrupt have they remained state owned. Fingers crossed.

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  25. "The Superjet 100s will be supplied to Adria under a long-term lease and will be financed by European banks."

    So 'European banks' decided it's a prudent strategy to invest in an airline that has not made a profit in the modern history and that has no strategy?

    Either this is another scam to siphon the last drops of cash from Adria (and the 'European banks' do ot exist), or JP truly is one of the most important airlines in the world and thus Russia and EU have put all of their might behing them. Because if we follow the logic from this universe, JP should have gone bankrupt last year or at the latest in a couple of weeks.

    It's winter season, the last capital injection was again a paper one, they made a staggering loss the previous year and now they have stopped paying handling fees on many airports. But the economic outlook for JP is a positive one.

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    1. Russian state banks headquartered west of the Ural mountains can be considered "European" too! ;)

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  26. In case you're wondering how JP will pay for this - SuperJet International will become a stakeholder in JP (as a form of payment) - as told by CEO of LJU (Fraport Slovenia). So it looks like they're financing this with creative accounting...again. :)

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    1. wow this is quite crazy. So will 4K completely exit Adria this way?

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    2. So basically the Russian state (who owns Sukhoi) will became part owner of JP by providing them with aircraft at cheap lease rates.
      Wonderful...

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    3. They cannot have a majority stake in the company due to EU rules.

      But it's not like Slovenian CAA would investigate actual ownership anyway :)

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    4. So Sukhoi will basically 'pay to fly' ie they will finance JP's loss in order for them to operate these airplanes. I don't think this is 100 % legal, but who cares.

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    5. 4K probably officially won't own Adria anymore. Remember this from a couple of weeks ago?
      https://www.exyuaviation.com/2019/02/adria-airways-gets-new-part-owner.html

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    6. +1
      Looks like 4K is not a front for Lufthansa after all but possibly of Aeroflot!
      :D

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    7. Considering they just vacated the Russian market after 30 year of operations so Aeroflot can fly without competition to Ljubljana, I wouldn't count it out :D

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    8. They couldn't realistically compete with Aeroflot. See how they introduced free baggage on SVO route and they still had half empty aircraft.

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  27. Apparently rumors suggest Adria will in the end get 21 Sukhois instead of 15!!!

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    1. If less than half are able to fly 10-12 hours a day, every day of the week then I think that even 21 birds are not enough!!!

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    2. 10 to fly and 10 to be spare parts donors. Sounds reasonable for a reliable modern aircraft like SSJ.

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  28. Two years for 15 aircraft seems way too long, especially having in mind that SSJ's are not in demand. Such slow delivery would make sense if JP was transitioning to an all-Sukhoi fleet, which obviously isn't the case. But then again, barely anything JP does makes sense lately...

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  29. The article mentions seven CRJ900s. There are actually nine such planes in Adria's fleet. When will the leases of these two planes end?

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    1. 2 CRJ's were delivered to Adria directly from Bombardier as new aircraft. They probably have extremely long term lease agreements.

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    2. If I am not wrong, please correct me, 4 CRJ-900LR:
      S5-AAK
      S5-AAL
      S5-AAN
      S5-AAO

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  30. yeah, i am not stepping on board those planes even if it means walking to wherever

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    1. The plane is really good. Check - google it for some feedbacks...

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    2. Anonymous at 13:30
      Sure it is Vladimir!
      And all those non Russian state owned airlines that got rid of it and repeatedly blamed its dismal reliability are somehow lying and want to hurt their investments...

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    3. I heards it's really comfortable on the ground when you are waiting days/weeks/months for spare parts to arrive.

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  31. It seems impossible to me to get crew trained for these birds so quickly.

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    1. Of course it's possible. Look how well they have managed the introduction of Saab 2000 into their fleet. Not even a single day short of crew :D

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    2. Do not forgot that 2 Saab flying every day for swiss

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  32. This really looks like a PR stunt desperately needed by both Adria & Sukhoi/Irkutsk.
    Adria to show that it is not doomed and has the future, Sukhoi/Irkutsk to show that project is not doomed and has the future. Perfect match.

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  33. call me paranoid but this whole saga with Adria now looks to me like Sukhois Superjet showroom trojan horse airline. After a decade they still haven't managed to sell Superjets outside Russia, do not count short stints with Cityjet/Brussels. Adria is a basket case airline that is now cheaper than before 4K takeover so they can be really affordable marketing tool for future Superjet sales to Europe.

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    1. Cityjet didn't buy them. They leased them from Sukhoi and now they have returned them.

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    2. thats the point thats what i am saying. NO ONE in Europe bought Superjet after almost a decade! If they manage to keep Adria head above water flying Superjets successfully it will be great advertising for Sukhoi.

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    4. Adria will have their first batch of SSJ this year and it is likely that within a few years MC-21s will also replace A-319s

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    5. I was driving by RJK airport today and from the distance I saw on the apron 2 completely white planes very much resembling Saab 2000. Any information anyone? Adria? No clue.

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    6. Have they figured out whether it's called MC-21 or MS-21? :)

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    7. Probably you saw
      Let L-410 Turbolet or EMB 120 - Trade Air koji lete za Osijek i Split.
      Nice small planes. Probably you must have feeling like you are flying in private plane :D
      I wish to fly some day with tip of plane like L4T, EM2, or SB20.

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    8. No. They were bigger than Turbolet or small Embraer. Also Trade Air does not operate RJK on Mondays. Also they don't have 2 planes to be anywhere at the same time, they operate PSO with the single plane Thanks for trying to help but it's not what you suggest

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    9. No problem, I apologize, I do my best :) poz from Jesenice

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  34. So what about Boeing 737 MAX?
    Is Sukhoi really so bad?

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